We all remember the Ricky Martin era with his one-hit single ‘Livin’ la Vida Loca’. You couldn’t go anywhere and – not – hear it. It was on the TV, on the radio, in commercials, at festivals, and in everyone’s car. He made a huge splash when he first came on the scene as a member of the Puerto Rican boy band Menudo and only got bigger as time went on in his short era.
A little lesser known or forgotten fact is that he helped in saving three girls who were being sold into prostitution in India, and he even owns the majority of Sysco’s ‘Thong Song’ due to Sysco using the term ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’ in his song – Remember kids, copyrighted things exist for a reason.
Adding to his profile is a new bomb shell against him from his 21-year-old nephew who apparently filed domestic violence allegations against the Puerto Rican pop star.
Two weeks ago, it was uncovered that a judge located in Puerto Rico issued a “domestic violence-related” restraining request against Ricky Martin.
The victim’s identity remains undisclosed. In any case, according to newspaper outlet Marca, Martin’s sibling, Eric Martin, declared that the victim is none other than Martin’s own nephew, 21-year-old Dennis Yadiel Sanchez.
Under Puerto Rico’s law for incest charges, the sentence for 50-year-old Martin could result in fifty years in jail assuming the stunning cases are valid. The distribution details of the grievance were made secretly under Law 54, known as the Domestic Abuse Prevention and Intervention Act. I suppose you could say that this allegation could turn him “upside, inside out”.
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Martin’s lawyer Marty Singer said in response to the charges, “Unfortunately, the person who made this claim is struggling with deep mental health challenges. Ricky Martin has, of course, never been – and would never be – involved in any kind of sexual or romantic relationship with his nephew,” he continued “The idea is not only untrue, but it’s also disgusting. We all hope that this man gets the help he so urgently needs. But, most of all, we look forward to this awful case being dismissed as soon as a judge gets to look at the facts.”
However, the charges and allegations don’t stop there. Recently, Martin was also hit with a $3 million claim from his ex-chief, Rebecca Drucker, on unpaid commissions – and the authoritative records suggest her “protecting” the “Livin’ La Vida Loca” singer from a “potentially career-ending allegation.”
This is something that seems to infect all Hollywood stars at some point or another. Someone works hard – possibly sells their soul – and bakes a nice piece of the pie. Next thing you know, all these long-forgotten people want a piece and will fight battle after battle to get some. It makes you wonder just how often these stars delve into the darkness, or how much of it is just someone trying to make a quick buck off the back of someone else who worked hard to achieve what they have.
As you can imagine, a delegate for Martin said in a statement, “The allegations against Ricky Martin that led to a protection order are completely false and fabricated. We are very confident that when the true facts come out in this matter our client Ricky Martin will be fully vindicated.”